OSHA inspectors were called in when employees at TOMRA NY Recycling in Syracuse reported being exposed to blood and other infectious materials as they sorted bottles and cans. Several said they had been stuck by used hypodermic needles, potentially exposing them to hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency virus infection.
As inspectors toured two of the company’s four facilities, they found the company had also failed to file a proper Exposure Control Plan and Exposure Determination.
The company also failed to offer employees vaccinations to prevent hepatitis B.
TOMRA agreed to correct the violations and pay $16,479 in penalties.
Note: Employers that work with hazardous materials should check with OSHA to ensure they are providing all the required safeguards.